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6 Ways to Take Care of Elderly Loved Ones

By Chris Palmer

Taking care of an elderly parent is an easy job, said no one ever! Are you upset because you don’t know how you can make your elderly parent’s life comfortable and safe? You needn’t worry at all because I’m going to explain to you six best way in which you can make your beloved elderly’s life a virtual heaven. So, are you ready to learn? I’m assuming yes so I’ll start with the tips.      1.    Talk It Out: Have them sit with you and talk about the caregiving plans. You will need to be very open and clear about their residence, finances, legal matters and geriatric support. Ask them how they want to be taken care of, at their home, at your place or a nursing home. Discussing things beforehand always helps. 3.    Make Preparations: Once they have decided everything about their residence and caregiving, start making preparations. There are many home-based caregiving services providers; you should prioritise them because the atmosphere is more homely. If the elderly wants to stay at home, prepare the family and your children mentally for this addition. 5.    Essential Equipment: Elderly are prone to the risk of falling so try to make your home fall-risk free. You can do that by keeping the space clutter-free and lighting up the hallways, living room, their bedroom and bathroom. Don’t forget the kitchen. The bathroom should be lined with anti-skid rubber mats. Also, you must install a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm because elderly are more sensitive to gases and smoke. 7.    Medications: Be very careful about the medications of your elderly. Many people die or suffer from severe strokes because they overdose. Seniors can be forgetful about their medications and if you don’t keep a check on them they can either forget taking the medicines or overdose altogether. Mark and label all the medicine leaflets, write down all the details in a journal so that you don’t forget the details yourself. Watch out for allergic reactions. Give them the medicine yourself, or arrange a nurse. If that is not possible, set up an alarm for medicines. 9.    Emergency Situations: With elderly people, emergencies are prone to happen. They can suddenly get sick or their chronic ailments can give unexpected visits. In any case, it is your job to keep your elderly prepared for an emergency. Get them a cell phone and install their doctors’, fire brigades, their hospitals and your own number. Teach them how to use a cell phone. There are advanced health alarm technologies in the market now, avail them for the good of your elderly parent. 11.    Take Breaks: The monotony of a caregiving routine is the most boring and agitating part of the whole procedure. Get away for some time and leave their caregiving responsibility in careful hands. The carer and the elderly bond is strengthened by this dynamic because the carer gets some rest and becomes able to take better care of the elderly. I hope these simple tips would help you take better care of an elderly parent. This article was written by Chris Palmer who regularly shares advice on elderly care. In particular, dementia and supporting your elderly parent. You can find more by Chris on: http://agespace.org/

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